Weather Child by Philippa Ballantine

New Zealand’s first podiobook author, Philippa Ballantine, brings her first tale set totally in homeland. Step back in time and sideways into an alternate world, where magicians and seraphim are found only on the shores of the Long White Cloud. Between two world wars, Jack and Faith find themselves unravelling a conspiracy to turn the Awakened children of Aoteroa to dark purposes.

TRUCKERRICH SAYS: Another great story from Pip. I enjoy her story telling and characters. Great history from New Zealand, makes me want to visit. Even if it is all fantasy! This story is complete!

Find Philippa Balantine here: http://www.pjballantine.com/ , http://weatherchild.com/Podiobooks and iTunes

Other podiobooks: Chasing the Bard

 

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Call of the Herald by Brian Rathbone

Echoes of the ancients’ power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind’s deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war. In times such as these, ordinary people have the power to save the world . . . or destroy it.

Call of the Herald is Book One of The Dawning of Power trilogy. A World of Godsland Novel.

Book Two is: Inherited Danger and book Three is: Dragon Ore

TRUCKER RICH SAYS: Brian Rathbone does a great and compelling job telling this intriguing story. I enjoyed the characters and the trials they endured. I am looking forward to listening to the others two stories in this series. This story and series is complete.



Visit Brian Rathbone at: http://www.brianrathbone.com , Podiobooks and iTunes

 If you like Brian’s books please consider buying:

 

Nina Kimberly the Merciless by Christiana Ellis

 

She’s on a mission… To kill the man who loves her…

Why?

Because he’s an idiot.

Nina Kimberly The Merciless is the story of a teenage barbarian princess who must rid herself of an obnoxious royal suitor, replace him with a hero, and then grow into her destiny as a…


What are people saying about Nina Kimberly The Merciless?

“This is the Princess Bride… if The Princess Bride had been written by Monty Python’s Flying Circus. It’s madcap fun, with plenty of charm, tenderness, and heart to make this a delightful story and a Podiobook favorite!” — Tee Morris, author of Legacy of Morevi and co-author of Podcasting for Dummies

“A fantasy novel about a teenage barbarian princess who’s not going to let anyone else control her. Look out world she’s got a sword and knows how to use it!” — SFFAudio

“This is one of the most enjoyable and unpredictable books I’ve found on Podiobooks.com. Brave Men Run set the standard for sci-fi. Nina Kimberly does the same for fantasy.” — Jim from LARP Radio

TruckerRich Says: Christiana has written a very imaginative story. There is some minor violence or I would recommend it for young adults. This is a coming of age story in which Nina faces a kind of love triangle between a dashing knight and a dragon. She has to decide who she can trust. Come and listen to this magic journey, as Nina and her friend travel to find a wizard.

Visit Christiana Ellis at:  http://christianaellis.com/ , Podiobooks or iTunes

Click the iTunes link above to download the free audio or click the link below to purchase the book.

Nina Kimberly The Merciless Is coming out in paperback on May 15th, 2009

Grey by Jon Armstrong

High fashion, corporate malfeasance, celebrity culture, and an obsessed media collide with exuberant violence and volatile intensity in Grey, the explosive debut novel by Jon Armstrong.

For Michael Rivers, life is perfect. Michael has everything; tall, handsome, and famous, he is worshipped by billions of fans around the globe. He is wealthy beyond measure, the heir apparent to RiverGroup, one of the handful of high-tech corporations that controls the world. He is fashionable, setting trends with his wardrobe of immaculate designer suits, each a unique and celebrated work of art. And Michael is in love, perfect love, sharing a private language based entirely on quotes from the latest fashion magazine advertisements, with Nora, his beautiful, witty, and equally perfect fiance, the only woman with whom he can see surgically-altered monochromatic eye to eye.

When an assassin’s bullets pierce Michael’s body before the unblinking eyes of cameras, reporters, and viewers at a press junket, everything changes, forcing Michael to question everything about his previously perfect world. Illusions shattered and forcibly separated from Nora, Michael seeks to uncover the reasons behind the attempted assassination, embarking on a quest that leads him to question his relationships with his loud, profane, and narcissistically Ultra father; his estranged mother; and the perilous, contaminated, neo-feudalistic world that lies beyond the safe and protected bubble of corporate family life.

Michael must delve deep into his past, finding that all paths he uncovers seem to lead to the now-closed PartyHaus, and to a time when he was the golden boy, dancing furiously to the beat of notorious all-night Rage parties thrown by his father.

TruckerRich Says: Jon Armstrong writes one heck of a Futuristic Psychedelic Fantasy. I might think Mr. Armstrong may have been on acid when writing this tale. His Future world is very detailed and the story was a very believable love story. Come along for the wild ride

This story is strong recommended for mature audiences.

Find Grey at  Podiobooks or www.jonarmstrong.com

The Mark of a Druid by Rhonda Carpenter

When twenty-six-year-old Eve McCormick awakes, the images from her nightmare are indelible. The dream feels so real she must force herself to get a grip. This experience is just the beginning for Eve, a Los Angeles clinical hypnotherapist and researcher investigating whether reincarnation is fact or fiction.

Unstoppable visions of an ancient lifetime steal days from her. The danger escalates when she wakes up physically injured and marked with a strange symbol. While Eve battles the past to maintain her sanity and safety, her project is jeopardized as another researcher’s attempts to take over. One partner dies and another is accused of inappropriate conduct. Eve and her friend, Dr. Andrea McMurray, don’t believe in coincidence and probe their shared visions for answers.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Welshman Ryerson Sanders is haunted by his dreams and believes Eve’s research project can help him. For both of them, an ancient Celtic prophecy and long-sought revenge entangles the past with the present. A druidess and a shape-shifter must join to save the druid way of life, while a queen conspires to kill Erin’s only high king. Will the oaths and agendas of the past reach across the centuries to strengthen or to destroy?

Warning recommended for mature audiences.

TruckerRich Says: Rhonda has done a wonderful job with this Celtic fantasy novel.  Although I don’t believe in reincarnation, it makes for a great story.  The story unwinds as characters discover there past lives and how they are connected in there present lives.  Throw in a crime drama and thing get real interesting. I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for what would happen next. Well done Rhonda, thanks for the awesome adventure!

Find Rhonda R Carpenter at: rhondacarpeter.coms or themarkofadruid.com

Find it at: Podiobooks.com or iTunes

If you like this story you will also like The Fox by Arlene Radasky

Pieces Podcast compiled by Nobilis

 

Compiled by Nobilis
Joan’s world has literally fallen apart. She lives in one tiny piece of the shattered universe, bounded on all sides by shimmering veils. When the creator god, calling himself “Cassius”, stumbles into the cathedral where she lives, she is drawn into an adventure of cosmic proportions.

The story is told through the cracked lens of seven experienced podcast authors. Nobilis, Christiana Ellis, Chris Lester, Graydancer, Paul S. Jenkins, Philippa Ballantine, Brandon Crose and John Tanzer take turns, chapter by chapter writing and reading episodes of the story.

TruckerRichSays: Bravo! What a wonderful idea, pulled it off magnificently. The eight wonderful podcasters in their own right, did an Awesome job. Loved the story and characters from beginning to end. Go to Podiobooks.com or iTunes. I’ve linked all the authors above to the site so clink there names to get there. Nobilis also does: Nobilis Erotica -Great Erotic Stories at: www.nobiliserotica.com

The Fox by Arlene Radasky

Jahna and Lovern’s clan lay in the Romans’ path of destruction. The death of their people is a certainty, unless a bargain is made with the Gods, even if it means a human sacrifice. Will the trade the Druid Lovern, and his visionary wife, Jahna make with the Gods, save their family?

Two centuries later, Aine MacRae is on their trail. She’s a struggling archaeologist, on the verge of uncovering the village were Jahna and Lovern lived. The farm where her site is located is for sale! But for a ghostly visit, greed almost triumphs leaving the truth and ancient stories buried forever and a lost love be rekindled.

TruckerRich Says: I really enjoyed this story and its characters. Arlene did a great job jumping back and forth between the centuries and the lives of the Jahna and Aine. I don’t know if the history is accurate, but it made for a great story. It brought to mind the movie “Brave Heart” only at a different period of time. I also enjoyed the music of Steve McDonald which is played at the end of each chapter.

Get it from: Podiobooks and check out Arlene’s site at: www.radasky.com

The music of Steve McDonald at: www.stevemcdonaldfanclub.com/

Prophecy of Swords by M.H. Bonham

To End A War nearly a thousand years ago a great warrior named Lachlan sought to unify his people, using the power of the Three Swords of Destiny. Before his victory, Lachlan was killed by his trusted friend, Allarun. Now, Allarun is still in power but haunted by dreams of Lachlan’s death curse: that Lachlan would return to avenge his death. Allarun’s decision is to destroy the very people Lachlan tried to unite. Only two men have the power to stop the slaughter. Romarin, the last of a line of kings, and a half-blood mercenary named Shadowhelm. One may be destined to be Lachlan, but can they unlock the secret to Lachlan’s power before Allarun kills them? “Prophecy Of Swords is a remarkably rich fantasy that takes you into new realms of wonder and imagination. The battles and magic portrayed here full of excitement and intrigue. It’s hard to find a good fantasy that isn’t a rehash of all that has been done before, but Margaret H. Bonham has managed to break the mold and give readers something totally unique and different. A guaranteed winner.” — Laura J. Underwood, author of Ard Magister, Chronicles Of The Last War, and forthcoming Dragon’s Tongue and Wandering Lark “In Prophecy Of Swords, Bonham has written an enjoyable and intriguing novel, filled with believable characters and a rich, satisfying plot. I look forward to the next book in the series with great anticipation.” — Karen E. Taylor, author of The Vampire Legacy series. — brought to you by Podiobooks.com

TruckerRich Says: I really enjoyed this story. It was the first thing I listened to on the way to work on Monday mornings. Love the characters and the plot twist. Maggie has made a true Fantasy Fan out of me. Give it a listen. Podiobooks or iTunes. Check out www.shadowhelm.net/ for more info.

PodCastle hosted by Rachel Swirsky

 

PodCastle is the world’s first fantasy audio magazine. Each week we bring you short stories across the spectrum of fantasy from leading authors and new discoveries. Like our sister podcasts, Escape Pod and Pseudopod, PodCastle is entirely free to listen and share.

If you’re a fantasy writer, we’re a paying market for new fiction or reprints. Please see our submission guidelines for more details. And if you have any questions, please e-mail us. Thank you!

Check it out at PodCastle.org and iTunes

Also check outEscapePodand PseudoPod

The Metamor City Podcast by Chris Lester

The Metamor City Podcast is an audio fiction series that is distributed for free. It will feature a mixture of short stories and full-length novels, all taking place in one large world with an overarching story arc. Combining the narration of audiobooks with the music, sound effects and full vocal cast of a serial radio drama, The Metamor City Podcast provides an immersive audio experience of a world like no other.

The stories of The Metamor City Podcast take place in a high-magic, high-technology setting, an epic fantasy world projected into the near future. The action focuses primarily on the inhabitants of Metamor City, a mega-metropolis that is also the capital of the world’s largest superpower, the Empire of Metamor. The empire covers most of the continent called Galendor; click here to see a map of the continent (which shows the political boundaries of the empire’s provinces and territories). A terrain map of the planet (with certain parts as-yet undefined) can be found here.

Click on the sub-page links below to learn more about the world of Metamor City. For more information on podcast and how to subscribe to them, please click here. For information about the cast members, please see the Cast Page; for information about the characters, check out the Character Guide.

TruckerRich Says: I have really been enjoying this continuing serial. From the characters and the fantasy world created by Chris, to the narration and the full vocal cast. This is one great story!

Get it from iTunes or from The Metamor City Podcast site http://www.metamorcity.com/
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